Nothing beats dried nettles herb for regenerating the body. It is a tonic herb, safe and effective for supporting recovery from fatigue, hormonal imbalances, blood sugar imbalance, and many other conditions.
Nettles Physical Properties
Observations and Anecdotal Information
Nettles herbal tea has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, and asthma. It is helpful for bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, and gout. It helps hives, kidney stones, and laryngitis. It is also a helpful herb for relieving body pain.
It has been used in treating multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis. It is strengthening to the lungs and respiratory system, and can help reduce allergies. It is a known liver regenerator and endocrine tonic.
In Germany, nettles is sold as an herbal drug for prostate diseases.
The tea can also help to lessen the swelling of hemorrhoids (used topically). It has been used to stop bleeding from minor injuries. It is an astringent which shrinks and tightens the skin and mucous membranes. It may also be used topically for dandruff and oily hair and scalp.
One of my personal favorite uses for nettles, is as an herbal allergy treatment. Many people in our locality suffer from allergies in the spring and summer months. The symptoms of this allergy include runny nose, respiratory congestion, and sneezing.
Drinking a tea of dried nettles every morning, beginning in late winter before plants begin to leaf out, will eliminate these symptoms for many people, and greatly reduce them for others. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, it is really worth your time and effort to give nettles a try.
- May not be suitable during pregnancy and lactation, or for children under 6. Consult your health care practitioner for use in these situations.
- No known interactions with drugs and pharmaceutical medications.
- Nettles is considered to be generally recognized as safe at normal dosages.
None of our products are recognized or approved by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only. It is not meant to be taken as medical advice. See a health care professional for medical advice.
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How to Apply Compress
- To apply a compress, cover the target area with a dilution of essential oil. Take your time and let the oil soak into the skin. You may reapply it until it has coated the skin completely.
- Next, cover the cover the area with a hot, damp towel. Be aware of the temperature–it should be hot, but not hot enough to burn! Cover the damp towel with another dry towel.
- Allow the moist heat to drive the oils into the skin for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are compressing a large area, such as the spine, you may need to reheat the towel once if it gets too cool.
- When the compress feels complete, around 15 to 30 minutes, remove the towels and lightly dry off any residual oil or moisture.
Compresses can be applied to the kidneys, liver, upper abdomen, lower abdomen, thyroid, heart, spine, feet, injuries, sinus area, neck, throat, temples, etc.
They are helpful for relieving the symptoms of colds , flu, and respiratory infection; headaches, migraines, arthritis pain, back pain, myofascia pain, bone pain, and nerve pain; and for relieving stress and creating deep relaxation. They can be helpful for a great variety of conditions, according to the oils you are using.
If you are using a compress on the spine, you may want to begin by “opening” the feet with a light coating of oil. This helps to ground the nervous system and enhance the healing process. Be sure to cover the feet afterward so they do not get chilled.
A Longer Treatment
When the damp, hot towel is applied, cover it first with a hot water bottle, then cover with a dry towel and blanket. This is great for compresses for pain, colds or flu, and deep relaxation.
Hot or Cold?
Heat is the preferred choice for most forms of treatment. Cool or even cold water can be used with injuries that have a lot of swelling or inflammation, as heat will tend to increase the inflammation.
Fever, and a feeling of being overheated will also benefit more from a cool compress.
When applying on the head or near eyes, be careful not to get any oil in the eyes. It will sting! (Use a cotton ball dipped into milk to rub across closed eyelid, to remove oil if it does get in the eyes).
A great way to compress the eyes, is to drop several drops of essential oil into a bowl of warm water. Dip a washcloth into the bowl, then wring it out until it is just damp, no longer dripping. Place the cloth loosely over closed eyes and allow the oils to work without contacting eyes directly.
It is very common for the receiver to feel tingling, or a light burning sensation. This is an indication that the oils are working, and may move around from one location to another. If it becomes too uncomfortable for a very sensitive person, the sensation can be stopped by dusting corn starch over the skin to remove the oil. (This will stop the process of the oil compress).
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